Guidelines for Phase I, II, and III archaeological Investigations and Technical Report Preparation Prepared by the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Written by Patrick Trader Edited by Joanna Wilson Preface

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Recovery Methods
The methods of recovering archaeological materials should be guided by the Phase II workplan or the data recovery plan. Methodology becomes particularly important when attempting to retrieve information on subsistence or settlement patterns. For example, dry and wet screening methods are both acceptable. Wet-screening, however, is less destructive to botanical and faunal materials. The technique chosen also depends upon soil types and conditions. All excavated soils should be screened through 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth, although1/8-inch and 1/16-inch mesh hardware cloth is also acceptable if smaller artifacts or ecofacts are expected to be recovered.


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